Paul Dumbrell has announced he will retire from full-time V8 Supercars competition at the end of the season.
The former race-winner has confirmed his departure from the Ford Performance Racing / Rod Nash run Bottle-O Falcon at the rather young age of 28, in order to concentrate on other interests.
“The last two seasons at FPR have been great and easily the most successful time I’ve ever had and I am incredibly grateful for that, but it is sad to hang up my helmet from a full time perspective and move onto the next stage of my life,” he is quoted in a media release.
“Our association with FPR over the last two years has really paid off and I wish the team all the very best for the future,” he added.
Melbourne-born Dumbrell made his V8 Supercars championship debut in 1999 at the age of 16, becoming the youngest ever driver in the championship’s history. After winning the Konica V8 Supercar Development Series title in 2002, he signed with Castrol Perkins Racing and stayed there until 2006, before switching to Paul Weel Racing in 2007.
After a thin year, he moved to the HSV Dealer Team alongside Rick Kelly, but it was another luckless season, but he stayed on when the team was bought out and renamed after the Walkinsaw group.
It was when he joined Rod Nash Racing that his career finally started to blossom and, in a car run in partnership with Ford Performance Racing, he earned his first championship podium at Tasmania, following this up the very next round with his maiden V8 Supercars win at Sandown. These results saw him finish ninth in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
Rod Nash Racing confirmed that it will announce the identity of Dumbrell’s replacement in due course.
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